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Pe-2-31 Peshka
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
8.5 tTake-off weight
1.10 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 400 mCeiling
2 х Klimov VK-105REngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 1
150 roundsAmmunition
1 026 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
450 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
230 roundsAmmunition
1 027 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun2 х Turret
225 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1 800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bombSetup 1
2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bomb
4 x 100 kg FAB-100 (forged) bomb
Setup 2
4 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombSetup 3
2 x 500 kg FAB-500 (welded) bombSetup 4
10 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 5
10 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 6
14 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 900 / 2 458/2 130 / 2 756/1 230 / 1 591Repair
16 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
490 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian bomber Pe-2-31. For other uses, see Pe-2 (Family).


GarageImage Pe-2-31.jpg

The Pe-2-31 Peshka is a Rank II Russian bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced into the game sometime prior to Update 1.27. For French, German, Italian, Castellano, and Japanese, this aircraft is known as Pe-2-21 in the localisation files, instead of Pe-2-31. There is no difference between them.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 8 400  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 8 400  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
740 450  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage


Offensive armament

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Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Light weight
  • Great rate of climb
  • Maneuverable


  • Low bomb Load
  • Large silhouette


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In-game description

"Since the Pe-2's mass production had begun, its defensive armament was recognized by the military as weak for a modern bomber. Beginning with series 13 (launched in April to May of 1941), the ShKAS hatch mount was replaced with a VUB-2 turret with a 12.7mm BT machine gun and a magazine capacity of 200 rounds. The starboard ShKAS machine gun mounted to port forward was replaced with a 12.7mm BK machine gun with 150 rounds. Also, the magazine capacity of the port ShKAS was decreased to 450 rounds.

By June 22, 1941, when Germany invaded the USSR, factories had managed to produce 490 new dive bombers. Subsequent upgrades of the Pe-2 were then made based on combat experience.

Series 22 saw the installation of M-105RA engines with floatless carburettors, which improved the aircraft's behavior when diving. Beginning with series 23, an extra ShKAS machine gun with 225 rounds was installed in the radio operator/gunner's cockpit. It was designed to fire from side ball mounts and through the upper fuselage hatch. The area of the navigator's and the radio operator/gunner's protective armor was increased, and the robustness of the fuel system was improved. The aircraft was equipped with an inert gas filling system, and duralumin tanks were replaced with fiber ones, which were more effective at dealing with bullets. By series 32, the aircraft could be fitted with guide rails to hold 10 RS-132 unguided rockets under the wings. Some Pe-2s were equipped with RO-82 launchers to fire RS-82 unguided rockets backwards, to defend against any fighters attacking from the aircraft's lower rear. Since September 1941, the Pe-2's bomb load was upgraded by adding KMB-Pe-2 bomblet clusters, which enabled the efficient bombing of soft area-type targets.

A total of 1,671 dive bombers were manufactured by four mass production factories during 1941. The new plane served on all front lines from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. The Pe-2s were received not only by regiments of the Air Force of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army but also by aviation units of the Northern, Baltic, and Black Sea Fleets.

From February 1942 (series 64) on, the side ball mounts were replaced with pivot mounts and the turret's sighting angle was increased. Series 80 saw yet another defensive upgrade: the navigator's and the radio operator/gunner's positions were given upgraded armor.

On 12 January 1942, chief designer V. M. Petlyakov died in an air crash while flying in a Pe-2. His position was filled by his deputy, A. M. Izakson, who was later replaced by another of Petlyakov's colleagues, A. I. Putilov."


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V.M. Petlyakov Design Bureau (Опытное конструкторское бюро Петлякова)
Fighters  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Bombers  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30